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godparent

[god-pair-uh nt, -par-] /ˈgɒdˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-/
noun
1.
a godfather or godmother.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; God + parent
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British Dictionary definitions for godparent

godparent

/ˈɡɒdˌpɛərənt/
noun
1.
a person who stands sponsor to another at baptism
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godfather

one who stands surety for another in the rite of Christian baptism. In the modern baptism of an infant or child the godparent or godparents make profession of faith for the person being baptized (the godchild) and assume an obligation to serve as proxies for the parents if the parents either are unable or neglect to provide for the religious training of the child, in fulfillment of baptismal promises. In churches mandating a sponsor only one godparent is required; two (in most churches, of different sex) are permitted. Many Protestant denominations permit but do not require godparents to join the infant's natural parents as sponsors. In the Roman Catholic Church godparents must be of the Catholic faith.

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